As part of my “Beginning Practice” series, I’d like to include a small ritual for dedication. Obviously, you have to choose the ritual or method that speaks most strongly to you, but if you’re searching for a way to say, “Hey. I’m Wiccan now.” to the world, this might be it. Enjoy!
Ready yourself by going to a quiet place where you will not be bothered. You need nothing but yourself – if it is safe to do so, remove your clothing so that you can stand naked before the gods. Use a compass or a modern resource, like Google Maps, to help you figure out where the four directions are (North, East, South, and West). You can use note cards or this book, or memorize these words.
When you are ready, speak:
Great Deities, Lord and Lady, I come this night to recognize you, this night is my night, a remembrance of when I came into being. I offer my oath to follow the Rede and the threefold law. I offer my spirit to this oath.
Turn to face the North, if you are not already, and speak:
Earth, I greet you. I wish to honor and work with you.
Turn to face the east, and speak:
Air, I greet you. I wish to honor and work with you.
Turn to face the south, and speak:
Fire, I greet you. I wish to honor and work with you.
Turn to face the west, and speak:
Water, I greet you. I wish to honor and work with you.
Turn back to the north and speak:
Spirit, I greet you. I wish to honor and work with you.
Raise your hands, and speak:
Lord and Lady, I greet you. I bid you recognize my union with nature, and ask you to lead me on my new spiritual path. Honor me with your presence in all of the days of my life, and I will try to do the same.
You may meditate, for some time, and pray or speak to the Gods. When you are finished, thank the gods for their time. The traditional closing words for ritual are:
Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again.